Friday, December 7, 2018

Weekly Update 12/7

2018-2019 Kindergarten Project Week
Since kindergarten will soon begin our study on the Arctic/Antarctica, we would like to incorporate this into Project Week. Project Week will be January 7th and 8th. We are beginning this early so you, as a parent, do not have to complete the entire project with your child over Winter Break.  Your child has chosen an animal, listed below, that they will use as a focal point for this project. Your child will begin by researching information/facts on this animal.  As helpful as the internet can be, we are asking that your child uses at least one grade level appropriate book as a reference. Your child may use the internet for the second source, however, Wikipedia is not a scholarly source and will not be counted. We encourage you to get your child a library card and check out a book about their animal.
The first portion of the project will be due Wednesday, December 12th. This is the writing portion of their project. Your child will need to write 3 sentences with facts about their animal. They will then write on the resource page the name of their two resources, title of the book, and author.  They will need to be able to recite their sentences to the class and understand what they have written. Attached you will see a sample of what is expected for this project, following that are the blank pages for your child to fill out about their animal. We recommend writing a rough draft first before having your child write their final sentences on the paper provided.
In addition to the written report, each student will need to help create a 2-D/3-D model of their animal. We encourage lots of creativity in this activity. Feel free to use feathers, glitter, googly eyes, and different types of texture to represent how the animal looks and feels. We would really like to see your child’s creativity shine through. This portion of the project can be turned in before break on December 13th and 14th. That way you will not have to work on any portion of your project over the break, but it is not mandatory. If you prefer to take the time over the break to create the visual element, you are welcome to do so. This portion must be turned in by January 7th.
On January 7th and 8th each student will present their animal and describe it, based on what they have researched and written. This is a fun presentation for the class and a time to display their hard work. This is meant to be a fun yet educational project to deepen your child’s understanding of Arctic/Antarctic animals. This will require a bit of time and effort so please plan ahead. Please don’t hesitate to let us know if there are any questions. Thank You.
Mrs. Bagby, Mrs. Beatty, Mrs. Larson and Mrs. Ross



Book Exchange
Our classroom book exchange will be held on December 19th during our Gingerbread Man celebration. Please remember to bring in your wrapped book no later than December 14th. Make sure that the gift is clearly labeled and you avoid any pop-culture or religious themes. 

Spalding Phonogram Cues
We have started to learn some phonograms with the exact same sounds! The way we distinguish between the phonograms is by their cues. Please mark the back of your phonogram flashcards with the following cues to help your scholar (and yourself) learn the cues more quickly.

  • ai (not used)
  • oi (not used)
  • er (her)
  • ir (first)
  • ur (nurse)
  • ear (early)
  • au (not used)
  • ck (2 letters)

Friday, November 30, 2018

Weekly Update 11/30


2018-2019 Kindergarten Project Week
Since kindergarten will soon begin our study on the Arctic/Antarctica, we would like to incorporate this into Project Week. Project Week will be January 7th and 8th. We are beginning this early so you, as a parent, do not have to complete the entire project with your child over Winter Break.  Your child has chosen an animal, listed below, that they will use as a focal point for this project. Your child will begin by researching information/facts on this animal.  As helpful as the internet can be, we are asking that your child uses at least one grade level appropriate book as a reference. Your child may use the internet for the second source, however, Wikipedia is not a scholarly source and will not be counted. We encourage you to get your child a library card and check out a book about their animal.
The first portion of the project will be due Wednesday, December 12th. This is the writing portion of their project. Your child will need to write 3 sentences with facts about their animal. They will then write on the resource page the name of their two resources, title of the book, and author.  They will need to be able to recite their sentences to the class and understand what they have written. Attached you will see a sample of what is expected for this project, following that are the blank pages for your child to fill out about their animal. We recommend writing a rough draft first before having your child write their final sentences on the paper provided.
In addition to the written report, each student will need to help create a 2-D/3-D model of their animal. We encourage lots of creativity in this activity. Feel free to use feathers, glitter, googly eyes, and different types of texture to represent how the animal looks and feels. We would really like to see your child’s creativity shine through. This portion of the project can be turned in before break on December 13th and 14th. That way you will not have to work on any portion of your project over the break, but it is not mandatory. If you prefer to take the time over the break to create the visual element, you are welcome to do so. This portion must be turned in by January 7th.
On January 7th and 8th each student will present their animal and describe it, based on what they have researched and written. This is a fun presentation for the class and a time to display their hard work. This is meant to be a fun yet educational project to deepen your child’s understanding of Arctic/Antarctic animals. This will require a bit of time and effort so please plan ahead. Please don’t hesitate to let us know if there are any questions. Thank You.
Mrs. Bagby, Mrs. Beatty, Mrs. Larson and Mrs. Ross


Spalding Phonogram Cues
We have started to learn some phonograms with the exact same sounds! The way we distinguish between the phonograms is by their cues. Please mark the back of your phonogram flashcards with the following cues to help your scholar (and yourself) learn the cues more quickly.

  • ai (not used)
  • oi (not used)
  • er (her)
  • ir (first)
  • ur (nurse)
  • ear (early)
  • au (not used)

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Weekly Update 11/20

Book Exchange
I hope your family enjoys a safe and restful Thanksgiving surrounded by loved ones.  Before break students drew the name of a classmate for our Winter Book Exchange. Please use this as an opportunity to discuss the spirit of giving this holiday season by encouraging your child to help pick out, wrap, and even contribute to the purchasing of the book through chores or other small tasks.  
Wrapped books may be brought to school the week of December 10th.  Please be sure they are clearly labeled (To: and From:), and wrapped in winter printed paper, tissue paper, or a homemade bag, etc.  Please refrain from any specific holiday theme or the use of pop culture in your selections, as this is about the spirit of giving and not a celebration of holidays.  
If you have any questions, or cannot participate for any reason, please send me an email. I wish you a peaceful Thanksgiving.



Scholastic Book Clubs Class Order Due Date is approaching!
Class Code - QQCBF
Order Due Date - 11/28/18


This is a friendly reminder that your Book Clubs orders are due by 11/28/18. You can place your orders online at scholastic.com/bookclubs using my class activation code: QQCBF


Monday, November 12, 2018

Weekly Update 11/12

Kindergarten Feast
Our annual kindergarten feast will be this Wednesday, November 14th. Parents, grandparents, and younger siblings are welcomed to join us in the multipurpose room starting at 9:45. You do not have to sign in for this event, just head directly to the MPR. If you would like to take your scholar home once the feast and activities are over, you will need to sign them out with me.

Spalding Phonogram Cues
We have started to learn some phonograms with the exact same sounds! The way we distinguish between the phonograms is by their cues. Please mark the back of your phonogram flashcards with the following cues to help your scholar (and yourself) learn the cues more quickly.

  • ai (not used)
  • oi (not used)
  • er (her)
  • ir (first)
  • ur (nurse)
  • ear (early)

K-2 Concert Logistics Thursday, November 15th


All students arrive at 5pm


Parking Lot Assignments:      
v  K:  Lot 1              1st:  Lot 2                  2nd:  Lot 3


Kindergarteners:
v  Check In: Auditorium;   Pick Up: Little Theatre (see map)


1st Graders:
v  Check In: Little Theatre;   Pick Up: Courtyard Area outside (see map)


2nd Graders:
v  Check In: Courtyard Area outside;   Pick Up: Stage (see map)



Things to Remember:

v  Students will use the backstage entrance per Higley’s new policy. There will be staff members in the front of the building to walk them to their appropriate locations. Audience members will use the main entrance at the front of the building.


v  Out of respect for all of the students, please plan on staying until the end of the K-2 concert.


v  The 3rd-5th grade students will be arriving at 6:30pm. To avoid traffic jams, exit promptly once you have your student.



v  The concert will be professionally recorded by Esthetics in Motion. Please refrain from bringing recording devices. DVDs can be preordered for purchase here: http://store.estheticsinmotion.com


Note to Families with Multiple Students:
·         Please keep 3-5 students with you in the audience during the K-2 concert and pick up the K-2 students before the 3-5 concert begins.


A Note from the Higley Center:

·         Please be patient in the parking lot, and be aware of your surroundings at all times because of the high volume of traffic.
·         Cellphones should be turned off upon entering the auditorium.
·         Please wait until the end of the song to applaud.
·         Late comers will be asked to wait to enter the auditorium until the end of the current song.
·         Out of respect for the performers and the camera crew, pleaseexit to the lobby if your small child is causing a distraction.
·         Food and drink are not allowed in the auditorium.






Saturday, November 3, 2018

Weekly Update 11/3



Read-A-Thon
Thank you to everyone that participated in our annual read-a-thon! The students celebrated on Friday by watching many teachers and administrators being dunked in a dunk tank! I even had the pleasure of throwing the ball to dunk our fellow kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Beatty. I also wanted to congratulate Brinley, she was the top earner for all of kindergarten! Way to go!

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Weekly Update 10/28

Literary Character Day
Please note, students are allowed to wear costumes of a literary character on Wednesday, October 31st. It was misprinted on the form and I would hate for anyone to come dressed up on the wrong day! Also, if you have not turned in your permission slip for character approval, your scholar will not be able to participate.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Weekly Update 10/19


Read-A-Thon
Thank you to all the parents that have been logging reading time and collecting donations! So far as a class we have read 3,053 minutes and raised $780. We are still quite a long distance from our class goal of 7,500! Please log the minutes read so we can earn a free night of no homework!

Homework
We will be adding leveled readers, spelling words, and sight words to the nightly homework starting on Monday. It is crucial to your child's success for you to help them finish homework each night. If you have any questions, you can write me a note on the homework or email me.

Sight Words
Each week your child will have spelling words that will double as sight words. We would like for these words to be committed to memory so they can help improve your scholar's reading ability. I ask that you decide as a family which way you would like to practice the sight words and then initial in the reading log that you have practiced. Here are a few ideas to practice sight words: Sight Word Practice



Fall Music Concert

Greetings, Archway Lincoln Parents and Guardians!

Believe it or not, the fourth annual, mandatory Archway Lincoln Fall Concert is fast approaching. It will be held on           
  Thursday, November 15th
at the
Higley Center for the Performing Arts
4132 E. Pecos Road Gilbert, AZ 85295.

The K-2 concert will be 5:30-6:30 p.m. with students arriving at 5:00 p.m.


Attire for concerts is as follows:
Boys: White dress shirt, black pants, black dress shoes, and black socks. Hair should be combed neatly.
Girls: White top, black skirt (black tights optional), or black dress pants, and black dress shoes. Hair should be styled neatly.
Working with your children is a delight and privilege. I look forward to enjoying this beautiful event with you. If you have any questions, please reach out to me at rboswell@archwaylincoln.org
Thank You,
Rachel Boswell
K-2 Music Teacher │Archway Lincoln Classical Academy